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Pulling out of Iraq is Prodi’s first test


Tony Blair has promised the Italian government that British soldiers will replace Italian forces currently stationed in Iraq in the event of Italy pulling out of the occupation.

Greek students win, but they want more


Thousands of students took to the streets of Greece on Thursday of last week to celebrate their first big victory against neo-liberal attacks on higher education by the right wing government.

Chilean government is educated by the mass movement


Three weeks of widespread school occupations and two nationwide strikes have won most of the "economic" demands of school students in Chile.

Israel sets a new trap for the Palestinian people


At the heart of the tensions is disagreement over a "peace process" which is controlled by Israel and its backers in the US. The trigger for armed conflict could be a referendum set for July on the terms for peace with Israel.

The MST, Brazil and the struggle for land


LS: Recent years have seen an explosion of struggles in Latin America. Alongside workers and the urban poor, rural movements have played a key role. Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra, MST) is the largest and most successful of these, organising a series of dramatic land occupations. What has the MST achieved through these struggles?

Chile – fighting for a new kind of education


Some 800,000 school students struck in Chile on Wednesday of last week. Over 100 schools have been occupied and demonstrators have clashed with the police. Universities are on strike in solidarity and news programmes interview the school students’ leaders every day.

Brazil’s left unites behind candidate


The Brazilian left will enter October’s presidential election united after the far left PSTU and the Communist Party agreed to join an electoral alliance with the new radical Party of Socialism and Liberty, P-Sol.

Young activists tortured in Egypt


Two prominent members of the Youth for Change movement in Egypt have been arrested and savagely beaten by state security police.

Documents confirm horror of Abu Ghraib


A new batch of declassified US army documents has strengthened the case that torture in Iraq and Afghanistan was officially sanctioned, widespread and systematic.

General strike under way in Bangladesh


Over the last two weeks workers in garment factories of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka have been rebelling against low wages, long working hours and the denial of their trade union rights.

Victory boosts Egypt democracy activists


Democracy campaigners in Egypt are sensing victory in a battle of wills with the government over the persecution of two judges who exposed widespread ballot ballot rigging in last November’s parliamentary elections.

Danish welfare demonstration


Some 110,000 Danish workers and students demonstrated in cities and towns on Wednesday of last week to protest against government attacks on welfare.

A challenge to the Mafia’s control


After a near dead heat between right and left in the Italian general election last month, this weekend will see a whole series of local elections—and none will be watched more closely than elections to the Sicilian regional parliament.

South African revolt grows over jobs


A general strike over the lack of jobs won wide support in South Africa on Thursday of last week. It was best supported in the mines, car plants, the metal industry and schools.

Movement brings change to Nepal


The battle for a democratic republic in Nepal took a step forward last week.

High court ruling is ‘step forward’ for exiled Diego Garcia islanders


A group of exiled islanders who were forcibly removed from their homes by the British government won a victory in the high court last week.

Lebanon: anger on the streets as the Cedar Revolution wilts


A quarter of a million workers, students and professionals marched through the streets of Beirut on Wednesday of last week in one of the biggest workers’ demonstrations in Lebanon’s history. Schools, shops and businesses closed for a day in solidarity with the demonstrators.

Rebel Egyptian judges interviewed


Two Egyptian high court judges, Mahmud Mekki and Hisham Bastawisi, have become unlikely heroes of the country’s movement for democracy.

Mubarak steps up repression


About 50 people picketed the Egyptian embassy in London last Saturday against the continuing arrests and beatings of democracy activists in the cities of Cairo and Alexandria.

Athens ESF: movements debate and plan for action


The fourth European Social Forum (ESF) met in Athens at a crucial point following the victory of the French movement against new labour laws and as the US threat of military attack against Iran gathers pace.

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